High levels of lead have plagued Flint’s municipal water supply for at least a year, prompting extensive emergency measures to keep residents safe.
With the Sarnia Sting and the Flint Firebirds set to play the first game of a home-and-home between the two clubs on Friday night at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre, fans are being encouraged to show their support by bringing monetary donations to the game.
All proceeds from Friday night will be donated to the Red Cross and used to support the City of Flint in this time of crisis.
Because the Firebirds and the City of Flint have received such overwhelming support in the form of water donations, it has been suggested that cash donations would be of greater value to the cause.
In addition, the Sarnia Sting will be donating a case of water (or equal value) to the Red Cross for each ticket sold at the box office for Friday’s game.
Sarnia Sting President Bill Abercrombie said the Sting is doing what it can to support the OHL community of Flint.
“Just like everybody else, we’re looking to show our support during their time of need. As an OHL member team, we feel that a fundraiser is the least we could do for our friends across the border. The people of Sarnia-Lambton have always rallied around the initiatives we have supported in the past, and I don’t see this being any different.”